Welcome to the ianVisits guide to alternative exhibitions opening soon in London.


Displayed in date order by how soon they open.

£15  
Opening Saturday, 1st May
Embrace the wonderfully weird world of plant biodiversity through newly commissioned interactive art installations using music, sound and colour.

2021-05-01

An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?

2021-05-02

£14  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
This topical exhibition explores the similarities between Freud’s experience of the Spanish Flu and 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on mental health and the response by psychoanalysts.

2021-05-02

Free  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
The exhibition features a series of bronze-cast animal pelts and abstract, carved stone animal heads, supported by stone basins.

2021-05-02

£16  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
Sixty-five paintings that usually hang in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and are widely acknowledged to be among the highlights of the Royal Collection have been brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time.

2021-05-02

This exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half.

2021-05-02

£16.50  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
The first exhibition to trace the history of photography as told through depictions of nature, revealing how the subject led to key advancements in the medium, from its very beginnings in 1840 to present day.

2021-05-02

£7.70  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
Pitzhanger presents a new body of work by renowned British artist Julian Opie, including site specific pieces, focusing on architecture, people and nature.

2021-05-02

The first major survey of one of the most important painters working today

2021-05-02

Free  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
The visual impact of Noël Coward’s life and work is celebrated in this major exhibition.

2021-05-02

£24.50  
Opening Sunday, 2nd May
A large - unauthorised - exhibiton of original Banksy artworks.

2021-05-02

Free  
Opening Tuesday, 4th May
In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace

2021-05-04

£13  
Opening Monday, 17th May
Tate Modern presents the first major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi.

2021-05-17

Free  
Opening Monday, 17th May
RGBFAQ comprises a research-led experiential exhibition in which the audience navigates a "black-box" set populated by gigantic geometric sculptures.

2021-05-17

£12  
Opening Monday, 17th May
An exhibition about the 20th century’s most influential floral decorator, Constance Spry.

2021-05-17

£22  
Opening Monday, 17th May
This landmark exhibition brings together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844.

2021-05-17

£12  
Opening Monday, 17th May
The exhibition brings together a group of new site specific paintings and works on paper by the New York-based artist

2021-05-17

Free  
Opening Monday, 17th May
This exhibition uncovers how forensic and other evidence about the death marches has been gathered since the end of the Holocaust.

2021-05-17

£18  
Opening Monday, 17th May
An exhibition celebrating French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the most singular and provocative voices in postwar modern art.

2021-05-17

Included in the exhibition are memories from those who remember the Second World War in Harrow.

2021-05-18

£12  
Opening Tuesday, 18th May
Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.

2021-05-18

£5  
Opening Tuesday, 18th May
The first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

2021-05-18

£17  
Opening Tuesday, 18th May
In this landmark exhibition, Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch to show alongside her most recent paintings.

2021-05-18

Free  
Opening Tuesday, 18th May
This group exhibition and artist led research project unearths and interrogates our connection with our habitats and ecosystems, both global and local.

2021-05-18

Free  
Opening Tuesday, 18th May
This display marks the launch of Network Rail’s new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, designed by her in close collaboration with Henrik Kubel.

2021-05-18

£25.30  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
A special exhibition of dazzling Tudor treasures celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
An exhibition that offers a first look at the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
This exhibition showcases a series of powerful and poetic watercolours made on an expedition to discover the ruins of ancient Ionia (modern Turkey) in 1764.

2021-05-19

£12  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
See the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the UK in over a decade, featuring the UK premiere of a ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ new feature-length film.

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
A display of Asante treasures from Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire.

2021-05-19

£9.50  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
This definitive retrospective charts her ground-breaking career from the 1920s to the 1990s.

2021-05-19

£12  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, this exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag.

2021-05-19

£25  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
This curated selection of artworks, on display for a limited time only, shines a new light on the experiences of ordinary people forced into new patterns of living by Nazi air raids.

2021-05-19

£12  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
The South African artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK takes inspiration from indigenous dance.

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
Calero’s display invites us to think about the act of collecting, about what we choose to surround ourselves with in our homes and the importance and presence of the natural world.

2021-05-19

Speaking to architects, public sector workers and young people, artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade creates moving image work that forges conversations on urbanism, gentrification, power and resilience.

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Wednesday, 19th May
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.

2021-05-19

Free  
Opening Thursday, 20th May
Primarily depicting the human figure, Regev creates luminous and ethereal spaces on the surface of her canvases.

2021-05-20

This is a rare opportunity to see one of Poland’s most loved works of art.

2021-05-21

£15  
Opening Saturday, 22nd May
An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

2021-05-22

Free  
Opening Saturday, 22nd May
This exhibition seeks to explore key aspects of John Hassall’s work, and to celebrate the life of this extraordinary artist a century on from his heyday.

2021-05-22

£8.80  
Opening Saturday, 22nd May
This exhibition focuses on the artist’s engagement with English marine and coastal subjects at a pivotal time in his career when he was living at Sandycombe Lodge.

2021-05-22

£20  
Opening Saturday, 22nd May
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

2021-05-22

Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.

2021-05-23

£7.70  
Opening Thursday, 27th May
This exhibition will reveal the fascinating story of how Pitzhanger, a rare and extraordinary example of Sir John Soane’s work, was restored to its original vision.

2021-05-27

£10  
Opening Friday, 28th May
Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years

2021-05-28

Visit the Transport Museum's Acton Depot this May half term for seven days of exploration and fun for all the family.

2021-05-29

£18  
Opening Saturday, 29th May
Epic Iran explores 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together over 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran.

2021-05-29

£12.50  
Opening Sunday, 30th May
This monumental sculpture by Luke Jerram amazes audiences as it rotates slowly while suspended in mid-air, an exact scale replica of Earth made using NASA imagery.

2021-05-30

£16  
Opening Tuesday, 1st Jun
Global gathering of designers with installations and presentations across Somerset House.

2021-06-01

£0  
Opening Friday, 4th Jun
This summer, Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, an immersive “experience” based around the life and work of the Dutch artist.

2021-06-04

£9  
Opening Friday, 4th Jun
The largest solo museum exhibition to date in London of the internationally recognised French artist JR, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the past fifteen years.

2021-06-04

£16  
Opening Thursday, 17th Jun
An exhibition devoted to the life and work of Claudia Andujar and her collaboration with the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous peoples.

2021-06-17

£18  
Opening Saturday, 19th Jun
Meet one of the giants of 20th century design, a free spirit who championed good design for all and was often overshadowed by her famous male collaborators. 

2021-06-19

£18  
Opening Wednesday, 7th Jul
The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date.

2021-07-07

£16  
Opening Thursday, 15th Jul
Bringing together over 200 objects from collections across Europe and America, this exhibition shows how Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) blazed a new path for the development of abstraction.

2021-07-15

£20  
Opening Saturday, 25th Sep
Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.

2021-09-25

Free  
Opening Friday, 10th Dec
Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.

2021-12-10